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Tim Dixon (born 19 February 1984) is an English television presenter who rose to prominence in 2003. Aged just 21, in 2005 he was described by Flextech as "The best young up-and-coming television presenting talent in the UK".
Dixon was educated at Devonport High School for Boys, a selective grammar school in Plymouth, between 1995 and 2002 - a school with a reputation for outstanding academic excellence. Here, Dixon was awarded the Sutton High School Oxford Memorial Prize, in 2000, for achieving more than 5 A* grades at GCSE.
Early magical career
Dixon was, upon joining in 1995, the youngest ever member of the Plymouth Magic Circle. He made numerous appearances in Plymouth performing close-up magic in bars, restaurants and at private functions.
Dixon won the prestigious Grant Cup competition in 1997, for a close-up act which he collaborated on with Dominic Wood. The same act later saw Dixon come second in the international finals of the Young Close-Up Magician of the Year Awards, run by The Young Magician's Club - the youth initiative of The Magic Circle. The media exposure that followed included a guest appearance on The Disney Channel, in 1999. Soon after, Dixon was appointed Disney's "resident magician" and continued to make regular appearances on Studio Disney until 2001.
Television and radio career
Soon after he was selected to star in a four-minute pop video, performing magic, for "Badder Badder Schwing" by Freddy Fresh and Fatboy Slim. The music video was released in 12 countries across the globe and went on to reach number 34 in the UK Singles Chart in 1999, with further successes abroad, most notably in America. The video also featured on BBC1's The Ozone, ITV1's Clubber Vision, MTV and The Box.
Dixon soon became a regular face on Studio Disney and made numerous appearances over the next three years. He also represented Disney at several corporate events including Pop 2000 at the Birmingham NEC and toured the country as part of Disney's BAFTA-winning Kids Awards Roadshows in 2000 and 2001 - appearing in shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Reading, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Coventry, and Croydon.
He then went on to front CITV in 2003, making his first appearance on 3 January - as part of CITV's 20th Birthday celebrations. He also appeared as a guest on ITV's flagship Saturday morning show SM:TV Live.
After some time spent working in radio (Plymouth Sound FM, BBC Radio 5 Live Fun Kids, BBC Radio Devon), within a production capacity in the independent sector (Twofour Productions) and presenting on satellite channels, in 2006 Tim was invited to make his return to ITV as part of the presenting launch team for ITV Play, in Manchester.
Over the next twelve months he hosted a shows including This Morning Puzzle Book, Play DJ, Friends Reunited: The School Run (between March and September 2006), and The Common Room (September–December 2006).
In 2007 Dixon became a celebrity interviewer and red-carpet roving reporter for Box Office Boys, BFBS.
Summer 2008 saw Dixon land arguably his biggest break to date - replacing Stephen Mulhern as the new presenter of 30 episodes of the children's make-and-do show Finger Tips – which was transmitted from early September on ITV1, the CITV Channel and Super RTL in Germany.
In 2009 Dixon was invited to become the main anchor host and content producer for all BFBS Television's children's output, fronting Room 785 (a live, studio-based format, broadcast every weekday afternoon and Saturday morning) and Telly-Tots (BFBS's early morning breakfast show aimed at a pre-school audience). On 2 May 2009, Tim became the face of BFBS 3 Kids - a new channel dedicated to the children of the armed forces.
2010 saw Dixon presenting numerous corporate events including Marketing Week Live at London's Olympia Exhibition Centre, fronting a family gameshow for ITV - due to form the centerpiece of ITV's new online natural history archive, itvWILD, fronting various online productions and making his panto debut at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, as Prince Charming in Cinderella.
By 2015 he dubbed the English voice of "The Geographer" character for The Little Prince (2010 TV series) during the "New Mission" trilogy.
Dixon has worked extensively within television production; recent roles have included those of a Production Manager for Discovery, a Live Gallery Producer for ITV and as part of UKTV's Commissioning Team. Whilst not presenting, he manages his own independent production company, Inside Media Group.
In early 2008 Inside Media launched a production wing and now focuses on corporate media production projects, for clients including telecommunications giant Amdocs. Inside Media also represents a select group of television presenting talent and in 2009 began supplying artists for nationwide corporate roadshows, for clients including Sony UK, alongside a number of leading youth marketing agencies.
Dixon is married to 90s television presenter Emma Lee.
- "Good School's Guide"
- "Plymouth Evening Herald"
- Magic Week article
- Tim Dixon's agent Michael Joyce Management
- "Badder Badder Schwing" music video
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 214. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "History of CITV"
- Finger Tips official website
- "Tim Dixon at Room 785"
- "Marketing Week Live"
- "Cinderella - The Pavilion Pantomime". Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "Inside Media Group"